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Priscilla Ann Marvin

May 17, 1927 — November 4, 2022

Priscilla Ann (Perry) (Britton) Marvin, age 95, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, November 4, 2022 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 17,1927 to Fred and Sadie Marvin (Murray). She was the youngest of 4.

Priscilla graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945. She received her BA in History and Political Science from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (Michigan State University) in 1949.

She began her teaching career in Mason, Michigan. She then spent many years teaching Special Education at Southeastern Junior High School and social studies at WK Kellogg Junior High School in Battle Creek. Priscilla received her Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Michigan. This involved spending 3 summers in Ann Arbor with her 3 young children.

While she was teaching at WK she was elected president of the Battle Creek Education Association (BCEA), a position she poured her heart and soul into for 4 years.

Priscilla held several leadership roles in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Delta Kappa Gamma (an international society promoting women educators), as well as volunteering with the United Way, Hospice, Safe Place, HOSTS program at Ann J. Kellogg school.

Priscilla was a proud MSU alumni, a diehard fan and she truly had green blood. She was able to see some games in person and enjoyed others on TV. She was delighted when her granddaughters Lisa and Katie also became Spartans. When Earvin (Magic) Johnson became a Los Angeles Laker she coincidently became a Lakers fan.

As a child Priscilla developed her love of the Detroit Tigers which included arguing baseball with her dad who pretended he was a Cleveland Indians fan. She was a big Hank Greenberg fan followed by Willie Horton, Sparky Anderson, Maglio Ordonez and whoever had a good game. She attended her last game in 2019 and had a great day.

Priscilla loved to travel. She went on an all-inclusive trip to London, Athens, Rome, and Kenya where she went on a safari. She went to the Holy Land on a tour. Among other places she made trips to Seattle, WA for Lisa and Kyle's wedding, Boston, New York to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Hawaii.

Priscilla was a lifelong Democrat who was interested in politics, had definite opinions and always voted.

She enjoyed going to the beauty shop to get her hair done, shopping, reading, watching sports and was always ready to go out to eat. She was a true Michigander, really loving all 4 seasons. Caring, compassionate, generous and a feminist before her time. She was a good public speaker, often without notes. She was a woman of character and at times a character with her fun sense of humor. Her strength and resiliency were amazing right until the end.

Priscilla dearly loved and was proud of her family especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In August she was able to go to the Binder Park Zoo with her granddaughter and namesake Priscilla and great- grandsons Jayce and David.

Priscilla is survived by her daughter, Julie Perry of Battle Creek; sons David (Margo ) Perry of Palm Desert, CA and Harold Britton of Williamsburg, VA; Granddaughter Lisa Perry (Kyle Steuck) of Seattle, WA; Granddaughter Katie Perry of Charlotte, NC; Granddaughter Priscilla Britton (Tony Novacek), great-grandsons Jayce Jablonski and David Jarrett III of Virginia Beach, VA; grandson Paul (Jessica) Britton, great grandson Brett Britton, great granddaughters Olivia Britton and Eliana Britton of Haughton, LA ; honorary granddaughter Maran (Kevin) Kelly of Saginaw, MI and Betsy Montgomery of East Lansing, MI. She is also survived by nieces and nephews of the Hoyt family.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Marianna ( Jack ) Salyers, sister and brother-in-law Janet (Ted) Hoyt and brother Bud Marvin. Her son and great debate partner Michael (Mike) Perry died in 2003.

Priscilla was very fortunate to be able to move into the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on November 17, 2020 where due to their care she had a more active lifestyle. The staff became like a second family to her. She was always well cared for and treated with the utmost respect. Priscilla's family would like to thank everyone there, especially all the wonderful folks on the Beechwood Neighborhood for everything.

A memorial service to celebrate Priscilla’s life will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Vale Street Venue, 1745 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek 49014.  A luncheon will immediately follow the service.  A private interment will be held at Hicks Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Calhoun County Medical Care Facility , 1150 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014, South Michigan Food Bank, 5451 Wayne Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49037 or any other organization that helps those in need. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

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